Scott Tipton has an ideological ax, finely honed and carefully protected from any corrosive influence, such as fact, reason or compromise. He took that ax to Washington, where the first thing he did was to sign a pledge of allegiance, not to you and me, but to Grover Norquist, an anarchist whose goal is to shrink government until it is of a size where I can
drown it in the bathtub.
His pledge was to never, ever increase government income, regardless of the size of the numerous glaring tax code inequities between the rich and the middle class or the size of the corporate loophole. This despite the obvious fact that reduction of our debt will require a mix of both reduced spending and increased revenue. Then he went to work with his ax.
He chopped at Medicare and Medicaid, education, environmental protections for clean air, clean water, and particularly the oversight agencies, and he chopped at the social safety net at every chance. He chopped at Wall Street reform and the provision of health insurance for our 44 million living in poverty. He chopped at protecting wilderness while promoting exploitation of our forests.
He chopped at womens health, public radio, endangered species, and literally everything else we have done over decades to protect our environment and to improve the quality of our lives. He chopped at a long-standing concept that has defined us, namely that we share sacrifice and that self-interest must sometimes bow to the needs of the public good.
He then took his ax and held it to the throat of our struggling economy until we received a credit downgrade. This unnecessary crisis completely diverted our governments attention from job creation our current most important need.
A plagiarism of the rhyme of Lizzie Borden:
Scott R. Tipton, with his ax, gave the poor and seniors 40 whacks.
And when he saw what he had done, he gave the economy 41.
It is too bad that these are the only two verses; we could use many more.